… Speechless was so funny that it reminded me of the books I read when I was a kid – you know, 1970's Judy Blume … With her remarkable good humour, the author … tackles themes like anti-bullying, friendship, the importance of honesty, volunteering in the community and perseverance in difficult situations, and she has tied it all up in the most relatable character – Jelly. Highly Recommended.
Mook-Sang has created a hapless, lovable hero who is easy to relate to. He keeps his wry sense of humour, even as his life crashes and burns. She has perfectly captured the twelve-year-old boy's experience of life: he loses the power of speech when confronted with pretty girls, teachers and she-devils like Victoria … Speechless is a funny, engaging read that proves that even our deepest fears can be hilarious.
If there's a way to instill compassion through a read-aloud, I think Speechless could do so … middle-grade teachers could benefit from getting Speechless into their classrooms to introduce students to speech-writing and get some much needed humour into the curriculum.
I liked this book because it was so relatable. I could picture this happening at our school, or really any school… I think that Jelly was a great character and I enjoyed spending some time with him while he was learning and growing so much.
What I really loved most about [Jelly's] character was his humor.
It's funny, and easy to read, and has a strong message about values and friendship and community initiatives. And there are lots of scenes with video games! What more could a reader want?! I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to readers of any age.